Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Autonomous Vehicles

The Wild West Era of Autonomous Vehicles is Over

March 9, 2017 – For nearly a decade, a consortium of tech firms and auto manufacturers has roved the West, pioneering autonomous vehicle technology far from federal regulators in Washington, D.C. But today, the era of the devil-may-care Silicon Valley cowboy is over – and the age of (mostly) rule abiding autonomous vehicle development as begun.

Chao Outlines USDOT Priorities for Infrastructure, Technology

March 3, 2017 – After nearly a month of relative silence, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao appeared at the National Governors’ Association winter meeting on Sunday to discuss emerging technologies and the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.

Self-Driving Cars and Hot Potatoes Have Something in Common

February 24, 2017 – Recent observations of how humans act behind the wheel of Level 2 autonomous vehicles, such as Tesla’s Autopilot feature, indicate that it is easy to lose focus. Even worse, the current structure is handing the hot potato back to the human in a complex and potentially dangerous situation that they may not be prepared to handle.

Industry Urges Congress to Act on Autonomous Vehicles

February 17, 2017 – At a February 14 hearing before House Energy & Commerce’s newly-minted Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, automakers and Lyft made an impassioned appeal to Congress:

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How Can Automation Improve Freight Delivery?

At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, held last month, one of the sessions examined the impact that existing and imminent new technologies will have on the freight sector.

Why Uber and Lyft Re-Routed Their Self-Driving Ambitions

February 8, 2017 On January 31st, Uber and Daimler announced an agreement to deploy autonomous vehicles on Uber’s ridesharing network. It was rumored that Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, received an order from Uber for 100,000 Mercedes S-Class cars from Uber last March. While representatives of both companies later debunked the rumor, an amicable […]

Communities Can Benefit from Autonomous Vehicles with Fast Action Planning

Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to bring an AV Shuttle to the Region At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative transportation technologies – including autonomous vehicles (AVs) – already exist […]

FHWA Announces Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Guidance

January 25, 2017 – On January 19, the last full day of Secretary Foxx’s tenure, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) checked the last item off of its list with the release of its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) deployment guidance.

NHTSA Releases Final Findings on Fatal Tesla Collision

January 25, 2017 – On January 19, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) released the full findings of its investigation into the fatal Tesla collision in May of last year.

Key Trends and Partnerships in USDOT AV Proving Grounds

January 25, 2017 – In an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle (AV) testing and information sharing throughout the country, now-former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx designated ten AV proving grounds on his last full day in office.

6 Stories Driving Autonomous Vehicle Policy in 2017

February 5, 2017 – Last year, autonomous vehicles (AVs) graduated from a Silicon Valley aspiration to a perceived inevitability as companies raced to attract experts and poured money into their research efforts. ETW has identified six ongoing stories that will drive the conversation around autonomous vehicle policy at the federal, state, and local level in 2017.

Uber Runs a Red Light for Autonomous Vehicle Policy

December 16, 2016 On Wednesday, December 14, Uber announced the launch of its Self-Driving Uber service in San Francisco, the second pilot of its kind in the U.S. It was heralded with a heartwarming video and a characteristically bold press release that implored California’s state government to exercise regulatory restraint. The San Francisco-based company argued […]

NHTSA’s Proposed Rule Requires Cars to Talk to Each Other

December 16, 2016 Even as the Obama Administration prepares to close up shop next month, the U.S. Department of Transportation is continuing its mission to drive innovation in the transportation sector with globally unprecedented actions. This week, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a long-awaited proposed rule on connected vehicles (CVs), which […]

How Elaine Chao Can Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Development

December 2, 2016 – When Secretary Anthony Foxx passes the torch to Elaine Chao next year, she will inherit the inertia of an administration that spurred the development of advanced technology in transportation. This presents an opportunity for the United States to lead the field in developing and deploying autonomous vehicles. However, this also sets up a future conflict between President-elect Trump, whose populist messaging carried him to the White House, and incoming Secretary Chao, whose technocratic workforce policies may ring dissonant with White House rhetoric.